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Johanna BramleyServices for Johanna Bramley, 97, Rock Island, are 10 a.m. Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church, Little Rock, Iowa. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery, Little Rock. There is no visitation. Memorials may be made to the church. Knox-Larson Funeral Home, Rock Island, is handling arrangements. Mrs. Bramley died Wednesday, March 17, 1999, at St. Anthony's Continuing Care Center, Rock Island. She was born Jan. 23, 1902, in Sibley, Iowa, the daughter of George and Dena DeVriese. She married Leslie Bramley in September of 1926, in Little Rock. He died May 15, 1976. Johanna attended Iowa State Teacher's College, Cedar Falls. She taught in rural schools in Lyon County and Little Rock in the 1920s. She then was cashier for the Little Rock Elementary School lunch program in the 1950s. In the 1970s she served as the librarian for the school, until her retirement in 1977. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church, Little Rock, where she was a Sunday school teacher, church secretary, catechism instructor and member of the Esther Circle. She also was a member of the Little Rock Senior Citizen's Dinner Date. Survivors include her daughter, Iva Dell Muller, Andalusia; granddaughters and their spouses, Mitzi and Mark Harris, Davenport, and Tammi and Chuck Harroun, Taylor Ridge; great-grandchildren, Chelsie and Nathan Harroun, Taylor Ridge, and Isaac Harris, Davenport; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, six sisters and five brothers.
Gary CohenGraveside services for Gary C. Cohen, 65, of 1337 21st Ave., Rock Island, are 1:30 p.m. Monday at Rock Island Hebrew Cemetery. There is no visitation. Memorials may be made to Tri-City Jewish Center or Humane Society of Rock Island County, Milan. Wheelan Funeral Home, Rock Island, is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Cohen died Friday, March 19, 1999, at home. He was born Jan. 22, 1934, in Moline, the son of Milton and Glora Baker Cohen. He married Elaine Bernstein June 20, 1954, in Chicago. She died July 3, 1998. Gary had worked with his father at Fifth Avenue Furniture in Moline before starting Equipment Planners Inc., a hospitality design and purchase firm. His company has been awarded ``Giant'' status in the industry by Interior Design Magazine for four years. He was a member of Tri-City Jewish Center and a past president of the Moline Kiwanis Club. Gary was a pilot and belonged to Quad City Flying Eagles. He loved bike riding and playing tennis. He loved animals. Survivors include a daughter, Stacey Lynn Cohen, Arvada, Colo.; sons and a daughter-in-law, Michael Eugene and Belinda Cohen, Plano, Texas, and Gregory R. Cohen, Gurnee, Ill.; a beloved grandchild, Grace Julia Cohen, Plano; and his mother, Glora Cohen, Rock Island.
Donald LewisDonald E. Lewis, 69, formerly of Rock Island, died Friday, March 19, 1999, at Hillcrest Home, Geneseo. Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Esterdahl Mortuary Ltd., Moline. Burial will be in National Cemetery, Rock Island, where military graveside services will be conducted by Moline American Legion Post 246. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Hillcrest Home. He was born July 27, 1929, in Moline, the son of Carey and Pyrle Peterson Lewis. He married Jane Tathwell in February 1951. She preceded him in death March 1958. He married Rita ``Rozann'' Peters Sept. 24, 1960, in Keokuk, Iowa. He was a sales representative for I.B.M. and from September 1962 until 1985, was employed in the accounting department for Eagle Signal, Davenport. He was active in sports during his high school years and in June 1944 won the American Legion Certificate for honor, courage, scholarship, leadership and service. He served in the Army during peace time. He was a former member of St. Pius X Catholic Church, Rock Island. He was a member of Moline American Legion Post 246. He enjoyed woodworking, reading and was a die hard Cubs fan. He enjoyed all sports and his family. He served as president of the Illowa Chapter of the Data Processing Management Association. Survivors include his wife; daughter and son-in-law, Kelley and Douglas Clark, Geneseo; sisters and a brother-in-law, Betty and Bob Coverdill, East Moline, and Marilyn Baker, Moline; a brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Donna Lewis, Omaha, Neb.; several nieces and nephews; and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, William and Anna Louise Peters, Davenport.
Charles `Alabama' MehargGraveside services for Charles A. ``Alabama'' Meharg, 59, Rock Island, will be Wednesday in Winfield, Ala. Visitation is 2 to 6 p.m. Monday at Wheelan Funeral Home, Rock Island. Mr. Meharg died Thursday, March 18, 1999, at home. He was born May 17, 1939, in Winfield, the son of John and Arvella (Jones) Meharg. He retired in 1993 from John Deere Harvester Works, Combine Manufacturing Division, where he had worked as an industrial truck operator for 30 years. He was a member of the National Rifle Association. Survivors include a son Randy Meharg, Winfield, Ala.; a daughter, Diana ``Missy'' Meharg, Paris, Ill.; three grandchidlren; and a brother, Larry Meharg, Winfield.
Darlene SchwanzDarlene Schwanz, 56, Naples, Fla., formerly of Rock Island, died Thursday, March 18, 1999, at home. Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Esterdahl Mortuary Ltd., Moline. Burial will be in Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Monday. Memorials may be left at the funeral home for the family to establish a memorial in her name. The former Darlene Jones was born Oct. 16, 1942, in Casa, Ark., the daughter of Raymond E. and Pauline Baskin Jones. She married Ellwyn Schwanz Jan. 31, 1981, in Moline. She retired in 1994 from the Rock Island Arsenal, where she had been employed as a clinical psychologist and directed the EAP Program and later was a management consultant for the Department of Defense. She attended First Christian Church of Moline. She enjoyed traveling throughout the country with her husband for the past four years in their motor home. Survivors include her husband, Ellwyn; daughter, Lynn deVries, Holland; son, Jeffrey Carstens, Rock Island; stepchildren, Richard Schwanz, Moline, Robert Schwanz, Maple Grove, Minn., Robin Mueller, Taylor Ridge, Randall Schwanz, Davenport, and Renee Guadagno, Cooper City, Fla.; and 11 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Phillip Jones.
Dominic CalziaDominic Calzia, 91, Moline, died Saturday, March 20, 1999, at Aspenwood, Silvis. Arrangements are pending at Esterdahl Mortuary Ltd., Moline.
Charlotte MillerCharlotte H. Miller, Franktown, Colo., died Thursday, March 18, 1999. Private services will be held at a later date. Platte Valley Mortuary, Brighton, Colo., is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Infants Welfare Society in Downers Grove, Ill. and the Marion Joy Rehab Center in Wheaton, Ill. The former Charlotte Hoyt was born Jan. 28, 1928, in Moline, to Leroy and Ada Hoyt. She was a homemaker. She married William Miller Sept. 9, 1950, in Moline. She and William moved from Downers Grove, Ill., about 15 months ago. She belonged to the Infant Welfare Society in Downer Grove, Ill., Marion Joy Auxiliary in Wheaton. Survivors include a daughter, Susan Miller, Franktown, Colo; a son, W. Clark Miller, Downers Grove; two grandchildren; and a brother, Marshall Hoyt, Rochester, Minn.
Frank PaskvanFrank M. Paskvan, 81, East Moline, died Saturday, March 20, 1999, at home. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Van Hoe Funeral Home Ltd., East Moline, where further arrangements are pending.
Andrew RigsbyAndrew Rigsby, 79, East Moline, died Saturday, March 20, 1999, at Oak Glen Home, Coal Valley. Arrangements are pending at Van Hoe Funeral Home Ltd., East Moline.
Arline BetcherArline A. Betcher, 79, of 1601 14th St., Silvis, died Friday, March 19, 1999, at Genesis Medical Center, East Campus, Davenport. Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Schroder Mortuary, Silvis. Burial will be in Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. Visitation will be 10 a.m. to service time Monday. Memorials may be made to American Heart Association. Arline Sipes was born Nov. 26, 1919, in Moline, to Arthur and Adelia (Lang) Sipes. She married Kenneth O. Betcher April 29, 1939, in Maquoketa, Iowa. She was a homemaker. She enjoyed needle work, ceramics and travel. Survivors include her husband; a daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Maurice Versluis, Silvis; a son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Peggy Betcher, Geneseo; grandchildren, Brenda Betcher, Karen Wright, Kevin, Kenny and Korey Versluis and Brant Betcher; five great-grandchildren; and sisters, Barbara Hawkins, Seattle, Wash., and Lucille Evans, Moline. She was preceded in death by her brother, Miles Sipes.MILAN
Mac LanierServices for Mac Lanier, 92, of Milan, will be on Wednesday at Palestine Baptist Church in Grant, La. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Johnson Funeral Home in Lake Charles, La. Mr. Lanier died Friday, March 19, 1999, at home. He was born March 2, 1907, in Sugartown, La. He married Iva Hinson May 12, 1933, in Grant, La. They were married 65 years. Mr. Lanier was in the U.S. Army. He was a member of Ironworkers Local Union 111 for 55 years and he was an apprentice instructor for 30 years. He was a member of Edgewood Baptist Church, Rock Island. He loved to travel and invent. His family was very important to him. Survivors include his wife; daughters and sons-in-law, Sue and Glen Oglesby of Colorado Springs, Virginia and Gene Gibbons, Rock Island, and Christy and Jay Wilkens, Buffalo Prairie; daughter, Sandy Lanier, Milan; sons and daughters-in-law, Lowell and Faye, St. Charles, Mo., Morris and Sandy, St. Charles, Ill., Mike and Donna, Bettendorf, and Greg and Ashleigh, Austin, Texas; 14 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Emogene Castete, a great-granddaughter, Caroline Cross, four sisters and four brothers. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Edgewood Baptist Church or a charity of your choice.
Edward WrightEdward Wright, 82, of Woodland Park, Milan, died Saturday, March 20, 1999, at home. Further arrangements are pending at Larson Funeral Home, Milan.
Marion BealMarion L. Beal, 76, Monmouth, died Friday, March 19, 1999, at home. Memorial services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church, Monmouth. Cremation rites are being accorded. Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the church. Memorials may go to the church or the Warren County YMCA in his memory. Turnbull Funeral Home, Monmouth, is in charge. He was born May 9, 1922, in Rozetta Township, Henderson County, the son of Perry L. and Mabel (Allaman) Beal. He married Dorothy Small Feb. 8, 1948, in Urbana. He was a WWII Army Air Corps veteran. Survivors include his wife, Dottie; sons and daughters-in-law, Richard L. and Jane Beal, Bloomington, and Ronald L. and Claudia Beal, Waco, Texas; a daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca and Mark Barnes, Orion; and seven grandchildren.
Paul BooePaul E. Booe, 73, of Tucson, Ariz., formerly of Hillsdale, died Friday, March 19, 1999, at home. Arrangements are pending at Gibson Funeral Home, Port Byron.
Wayne EnsleyWayne W. Ensley, 66, Kewanee, died Friday, March 19, 1999, at home. Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at Rux Funeral Home, Kewanee. Burial is in Evergreen Memory Gardens, Kewanne. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may go to Kewanee Hospital Home Care. He was born Dec. 29, 1932, in Kewanee, to Clarence and Ruth (Erickson) Ensley. He married Anna Mae Harvey and later married Jackie Anne Jones Oct. 9, 1993, in Kewanee. Surviviving are his wife, Jackie; his mother, Ruth Carlson, Kewanee; sons, Wayne W. Enlsey Jr., Galesburg, and James Ensley, Kewanee; a stepson, Steven North, Kewanee; stepdaughters, Marla Bassett, Goddard, Kan., and Terri Nelson, Lincoln, Kan.; three grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; one stepgreat-grandchild; brothers, Dean, Clarence and Gary Ensley; sisters, Elaine Cooper, Kewanee, Betty Davis and Nancy Whitsell, Alpha.
Gilbert GingrichServices for Gilbert Gingrich, 91, Sheffield, are 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sheffield United Church of Christ. Burial is in Mineral Cemetery. Visitation is 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services, Sheffield. Memorials may be made to Sheffield Rescue Unit, Bureau County In-Home Care or the church. Mr. Gingrich died Friday, March 19, 1999, at home. He was born April 13, 1907, in Sheffield, to Herman and Nellie (Cecil) Gingrich. He married Ethel Mae Bennett March 21, 1934, in Mineral Township, Bureau County. She died April 27, 1976. He later married Mary Jane Hellberg Dec. 29, 1977, in Sheffield. Survivors include his wife, Mary Jane; daughters, Grace Ellen Madsen, Calsbad, Calif., Sandra Hodgett, Sheffield, Rita Black, Smyrna, Ga., and Carol Bingaman, Ottumwa, Iowa; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
John JenkinJohn E. Jenkin, 81, Kewanee, died Saturday, March 20, 1999, at Oakwood Health Care Center. Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Rux Funeral Home, Kewanee. Burial is in West Jersey Cemetery, West Jersey, Ill. Visitation is 12:30 p.m. to service time Tuesday. A memorial fund has been established. He was born Feb. 4, 1918, in Kewanee, to Alonzo ``Len'' and Sarah (Loy) Jenkin. He married Thelma V. Behrens March 1, 1947, in Kewanee. He was a WWII Army veteran. He had been a self-employed carpenter contractor. He enjoyed fishing, camping and bowling. Survivors include his wife; a son and daughter-in-law, Clifton and Marlys Jenkin, West Jersey; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brothers, Bud Miller and Danny Boham, both of Peoria; and sisters, Virginia Doye, Alice Nierynck and Mabel Harper, Kewanee.
Reid LainReid B. Lain, 91, Erie, died Friday, March 19, 1999, at the Morrison Community Hospital. Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at the Erie Christian Church. Burial will be in Erie Cemetery. Visitation will be 2 to 5 p.m. today at Gibson Funeral Home, Erie, with a Masonic service at 5 p.m. Memorials may be made to Leader Dog School or Lions Club. He was born Nov. 2, 1907, in Saybrook, Ill., the son of Burbridge and Ethel Reid Lain. He married Loretta Doll in 1926. She preceded him in death in 1940. He then married Nada Hunter Littrel June 17, 1944, in Kansas City, Mo. He had been a truck driver, transporting livestock to Chicago until WWII, when he became an advertising specialty salesman. He was a member of Erie Christian Church and the Philo Masonic Lodge, Port Byron. He was an avid Cubs fan and enjoyed having coffee with his friends. Survivors include his wife; daughter, Roxie Watkins, Erie; son, Rod Lain, Moline; stepdaughters, June Meadows, Moline, and Janet Huizenga, Erie; 17 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; 22 great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Fauntaine Weir, Kokomo, Ind.; and a brother, Raymond Tartar, Lake Havasu City, Ariz. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Vada Moore in 1983, and a stepson, Robert Littrel in 1957.
William SteeleWilliam L. Steele, 66, rural Atkinson, died Saturday, March 20, 1999, at Genesis Medical Center, East Campus, Davenport. Graveside services for family and close friends will be held on Monday at 2 p.m. in the Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. The Rev. Robert Bottoms will officiate. Military honors will be accorded by the VFW Don Cherry Post 5083. Memorials may be made to American Heart Association. Vandemore Funeral Home, Atkinson, is in charge of arrangements. Bill was born Oct. 10, 1932, in Monmouth, to Charles and Lena Stickler Steele. He married Wynona Parrish Sept. 20, 1952, in Burlington, Iowa. Bill was a lifetime farmer, having farmed the last 28 years in Cornwall Township. He was a member of the Henry County Farm Bureau. He was an Air Force veteran, serving from 1950 to 1954 and loved his family and raising cattle. Survivors include his wife, Wynona; son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Sue Steele, Geneseo; daughter and son-in-law, Linda and John Ganahl, Murfreesboro, Tenn.; grandchildren, John and Jacob Steele, and Rick and Ken Waechtel; and a brother, Phillip Steele, Florida.
Mabryn VarnerMabryn H. Varner, 85, of 1624 E. Myrtle St., Canton, Ill., formerly of Prairie City, Ill., died Friday, March 19, 1999, at Graham Hospital, Canton. Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Martin-Hollis Funeral Home, Bushnell, Ill. Burial is in Prairie City Cemetery. Visitation is 1 p.m. to service time. Mabryn Harding was born July 5, 1913, in Prairie City, to Lawrence and Harriet (Hughbanks) Harding. She married Floyd R. ``Doc'' Varner Dec. 31, 1931, in Table Grove, Ill. He died July 22, 1983. She attended Iowa Weslyan College, majoring in music. She was a pianist in the Prairie City United Methodist Church for many years. She was very active in her church throughout the years. Survivors include a son, John Varner, Galesburg; daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and William Weber, Bushnell, Marlene and Dr. William Dickison, Chapel Hill, N.C., and Shan and John Corelis, Port Byron; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchilden; one great-great-grandchild; brothers, Dan Harding, Fort Myers, Fla., and Sam Harding, Bushnell; sisters, Viriginia Winters, Roseville, Ill., and Ruth Swanson, Bushnell. She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Margo, and a sister, Helen.
Beulah WilsonBeulah J. Wilson, 88, of 801 W. Martin St., Abingdon, died Thursday, March 18, 1999, at Care Center of Abingdon. Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Home, Abingdon. Burial is in Maquon Cemetery. Visitation is 10 a.m. to service time Tuesday. Memorials may be made to American Heart Association. She was born March 13, 1911, in Maquon, Ill., the daughter of Herbert and Belle (Hodges) Thurman. She married Roy A. Wilson Dec. 24, 1931, in Virginia, Ill. He died Dec. 28, 1989. She was of Methodist faith. Survivors include a son, Jerry Wilson, Yates City, Ill.; daughters, Dona Jones, Oldsmar, Fla., Betty Robertson, Bishop Hill, Charlotte Sensabaugh, Galesburg, and Carole Morby, Aledo; 13 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchilden; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Clifford BakerFuneral Services for Clifford M. Baker, 82, of Riverside, Iowa, will be on Thursday at 1 p.m. at Trimble Funeral Home, Coal Valley. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will be in the National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal, on Friday at 1 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Clifford M. Baker Memorial Fund. Clifford died on Thursday, March 18, 1999 while wintering in Donna, Texas. Clifford was born on Jan. 24, 1917 in Burlington, Iowa, the son of Scott and Pearl (Savage) Baker. From a previous marriage to Ferrell Fern Manning, Clifford became the father of 12 children. He married Helen May Petrikin on Dec. 28, 1975. Clifford retired from Kaiser Construction after 30 plus years of employment as a truck driver and explosives expert. He served in the United States Army during World War II. Clifford enjoyed camping, fishing with his sons and visits from his children. He also had a special friend and companion, Boomer. Clifford is survived by his wife Helen; sons, Dwight Manning and Edward Baker both of Wayland, Iowa, and Kenneth Baker of Brighton, Iowa; daughters, Shirley Butler of Burlington, Iowa, Karen Pickering of Agency, Iowa, Esther Cosby of New London, Iowa, Connie Berg of Coralville, Iowa, Marilyn Smothers of Lone Tree, Iowa, Ferrell Marie Ulin of Welman, Iowa, Betty Jean Arduser of Coal Valley, Sandra Capps of Silvis, Kathy Schneider of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Marcia Pettis of Charleston, S.C.; 38 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. Clifford was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Carol Baker, a son, Marcus Maxwell, and three grandchildren.
Orrell ClarkServices for Orrell Margaret Clark, 91, Davenport, will be 1 p.m. Monday at Weerts Funeral Home. Burial will be in Oakdale Memorial Gardens, Davenport. Visitation will be noon to service time Monday at the funeral home. Mrs. Clark died Thursday, March 18, 1999, at the Fejervary Health Care Center, Davenport. She was born Feb. 24, 1908, in Davenport, the daughter of Edmund F. and Ollivette B. (Hartman) Younklin. She married LeRoy Harmon in 1951, in Galesburg. She married Clyde E. Clark Sr. June 14, 1967, in Dubuque, Iowa. He died Dec. 22, 1984. During WWII, she had worked at Victor Animatograph Corp. She was a member of Women of the Moose, Chapter 28, Davenport. Survivors include numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three sisters and three brothers.
Florence LittrelFlorence Littrel, 93, McCausland, Iowa, formerly of Bettendorf and Princeton, Iowa, died Friday, March 19, 1999, at Genesis Medical Center, West Campus, Davenport. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at McGinnis, Chambers and Sass Funeral Home, Bettendorf, where further arrangements are pending.
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